Alleviate Pain and Tooth Infection with Root Canal Therapy
A root canal infection can be excruciatingly painful and cause additional oral health issues, leading to more intensive and expensive treatment needs. Dr. Andrew Taylor can perform root canal therapy at our Pensacola, FL, office to alleviate pain, eliminate infection, and restore the compromised tooth with a dental crown. In many cases, with the use of CEREC® technology, Dr. Taylor can conveniently fabricate a crown on the same day.
Tooth Infections: The Causes and Symptoms
Root canal therapy is necessary when the pulp of the tooth becomes infected. This is generally caused by decay, trauma, fracture, or extensive dental work, such as a large filling. The infection can spread to adjacent teeth, causing more complex issues. The bacteria can also cause a dental abscess, which forms around the end of the tooth root. Some indications of a tooth infection include:
- Swelling of gums
- Drainage or pus
- Discoloration of tooth
- Severe temperature sensitivity
- Swelling of the jaw, face, or neck
- Fistula, or pimple, on the gums
Root Canal Therapy: Procedure
Our team will take a series of x-rays during your first appointment. These will be used to determine the extent of the infection, and to understand the health of the surrounding teeth and jawbone. Once a severe tooth infection has been identified, it is vitally important to address it immediately.
Root canal therapy is one of the most common procedures in dentistry, and can provide instant relief from the pain of a dental abscess.
Allowing the infection to continue can have a serious negative impact on your oral and overall health. Root canal therapy is one of the most common procedures in dentistry, and can provide instant relief from the pain of a dental abscess. Patients can expect the following on the day of root canal therapy:
- Anesthesia: The gums will be numbed with local anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the duration of the procedure.
- Tooth preparation: A small opening will be made in the tooth to reach the infected area. We must be able to access the pulp chamber and root canals of the tooth.
- Pulp removal: The tooth pulp, nerves, and infected tissues will be removed from inside the tooth.
- Cleaning the tooth: The pulp chamber and root canals will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, ensuring all infection is removed.
- Filling the tooth: Once clean, the inside of the root canals will be filled with a flexible dental material called gutta-percha.
- Sealing the tooth: Once root canal therapy is complete, the tooth will be sealed. While some patients may only require a dental filling, most will require a dental crown to help protect the weakened tooth. Our crowns can be fabricated from high-quality materials on the same day in our office, using CEREC® technology.
Root Canal Therapy: Recovery
Following root canal therapy, patients may experience increased tooth sensitivity. Over-the-counter pain medication can be taken, if needed. Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen can provide relief and decrease swelling. It is important to resume your normal oral hygiene habits following root canal therapy. Patients should brush and floss, and maintain regular cleanings and dental exams.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are experiencing signs of a tooth infection, you may require root canal therapy to relieve the pain and discomfort. Contact our dental practice today to schedule your consultation and restore your oral health.
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